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World War II

  • Japan's invasion of China

    Japan's invasion of China
    The battle at the Marco Polo Bridge was the beginning of the war between the Chinese and Japanese which then led to bombings of Shanghai and the Rape of Nanjing.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    Germany wished to invade Poland so that the Germans would have more living space for the "racially superior" and also for the Jews who would be enslaved.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    Great Britain defended air raids led by the German Air force and eventually won in September by the Royal Air Force preventing Germany from invading.
  • Tripartite Pact

    Tripartite Pact
    Pact signed in Berlin by Germany, Italy, and Japan that created what we call the Axis Powers.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    President Roosevelt proposed this act that said the U.S. could aid any country whose defense was believed to be vital to them. This act was passed later that year in March.
  • Blitzkrieg

    Also known as lightening war which consisted of tanks and planes along a narrow front, the Blitzkrieg against the Soviet Union almost succeded but USSR pulled a counteroffensive
  • Siege of Leningrad

    Siege of Leningrad
    Beginning of the war, Germany invaded the Soviet Union and began encircling Leningrad and tried to take it but the Soviet's pushed through and pushed the Germans out.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    An air raid attack led by the Japanese that resulted in the United States entering the war.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    Fifteen Nazi bureaucrats gathered and agreed on moving all Jews to Poland in what are known as concentraion camps.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    An air and naval war in WWII where American planes that reduced the Japanese navy threat.
  • D-Day

    When the U.S. invaded northern France by landing on the beaches in Normandy who wanted to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    Conference of the Allied leaders Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin who were planning the final defeat of Nazi Germany.
  • Iwo Jima/Okinawa

    Iwo Jima/Okinawa
    Islands under Japanese rule where the United States invaded trying to bring them under their control for military purposes.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Hitler commits suicide
    Hitler killed himself by a gunshot because he knew that they were defeated and so he did not want to take the consquences.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    Stands for Victory in Europe and this day announced the end of WW2 when Hitler and Germany were finally defeated.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    An Allied conference consisting of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin who discussed peaces settlements mainly dealinging with what to do with the defeated Germans.
  • Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    The U.S. bombed Japan because they refused to surrender even though Germany had been defeated and that they had little chance of winning. Eventually led to Japan surrendering.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    Japan finally surrendered to the Allies ending World War II became known as Victory over Japan Day.
  • Formation of United Nations

    Formation of United Nations
    An international organization meant to maintain peace and security throughout the world and also to have friendly relations with countries.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    U.S. sent aid to Greece and Turkey who were threatened by the Soviets and then aided the Mediterranean countires when Great Britain could no longer afford to.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    A program by the United States intended to try to revitalize European countires economies so that democratic institutions could survive.
  • NATO

    Formed in Washington, D.C., with nations from the Atlantic for collective purposes and led to the making of the Warsaw Pact.
  • Mao Zedong & People's Republic of China

    Mao Zedong & People's Republic of China
    Mao Zedong led the communist revolution, was leader of the Chinese Communist Party, and declared himself chairman of the People's Republic of China.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    A conflict between the Democratic Peopl's Republic of Korea (North) and the Republic of Korea (South) that brought in the United Nations when North Korea began invading South Korea.
  • Stalin's Death

    Stalin's Death
    Stalin had not commited suicide like Hitler but instead suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The military alliance of the communist nations and was organized in response to NATO.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    Military conflict between North Vietnam who was communist and aided by China and Soviet Union against South Vietnam who was aided by the U.S.
  • Sputnik

    Earth satellites that the Soviet Union launched beginning on this day.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    Invasion that was financed and led by the United States into Cuba of people who opposed Fidel Castro.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    A barrier that surrounded West Berlin and kept East Berlin or other parts of East Germany from entering.
  • Cuban Missle Crisis

    Cuban Missle Crisis
    Soviet Union began entering Cuba to aid them with military and began placing missiles in Cuba. This incident almost brought the U.S. and USSR to war.
  • Gorbachev

    After Chernenko died, Gorbachev became general security of Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and his primary goal was to revitalize their economy.
  • Soviet Union Falls

    Soviet Union Falls
    The main reason for the fall of the Soviet Union was because of all the radical reforms that Gorbachev had done during his reign.